This was delivered in 2015 and is reprinted by request.
In my work and volunteer experience, we always had performance measures. As workers, line staff, administrators and board members, we always held ourselves accountable in a collaboratively developed and defined way.
I’ve been asking for board work sessions or a board retreat to do this. I want us to develop an accountability system for this board so that we can collaborate, all of us together, in defining our intended outcomes and the work we’ll do to achieve them.
We also require resources to achieve them: our time, staff time, travel money and so on.
This is work only we can do.
Because we have not yet done this work, my conscience dictates that I cannot vote to approve the budget.
The rest of the budget stands on its own, so I will not vote against its approval. I will vote to abstain and hope this moves us forward to act.
County Commissioner Lianne Thompson